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refuge821:
We began our gift drawers when we decided that not all gifts we received were meant for us.  After all, how many times do you go to somebody's house and look for the gift you gave them?  It's great to be able to give a special gift without having the cost.

We also did a drawer that we called the Watkins General Store.  It was in our bedroom which was not open to our son for play ... but when it was time for him to shop with earned money from chores, we would make a big deal about going to the Watkins General Store.  I would get everything out and line it up on the bed and dresser and play the "store clerk" while our son came to shop with his Dad.

It was great fun and being able to buy things that we knew he would really like at a great price, it made his chore money go a much longer way.  Brings back sweet memories for us all now that he's 27

themelclub:
This is a great idea! I have had one for years. Often, my two daughters will shop in it for gifts that they need at the last minute. If you have to shop for gifts, at the last minute, you will probably spend way too much & buy something that the person really doesnt want! I see this happening every year, at Christmas! Do you see the "crappy" things that people buy, just to give a present? Who really wants that "stuff", anyway? Shop all year, at a really discounted price, at your own time and leisure. Christmas, birthdays, and other events won't be such a chore! I think that people often underestimate the value of their own time when they decide to become "frugal"!

shazinoz:
This can work in another way too.

My neices wanted to collect benie kids a bean filled bear that came out each month or so with different types. they could aford these each month (or whenever) and if you left them too long they sold out. So my sister-in-law used to buy them and then when the girls ahd earnt the $10 for a bear in pocket money etc, they could "buy" one off mum out of the beanie kid cupboard, they also got these for christmas/ birthdays etc and and could use other money the got to buy them as well...

This seemed to work so well, and the girls LOVED this...

Just an idea

Sharon
Canberra, Australia

CSinbad:
Besides the after Holiday Sales I go to Thrift Stores regularly. ›I got 2 NEW knife sets, NEW Bathrobes, New Toys and more for a fraction of the retail cost. ›I would caution you to check out retail prices prior to buying from a ›2nd hand store though. ›I have seen things priced higher than retail stores sell them. ›This is usually because the manager (or pricer) hasn't checked current retail prices or whatever. ›Other great sources of gifts that are new or like new condition are Yard Sales and auction sites. ›Be careful to examine the items for repairs or broken parts at Yard Sales and ask the seller at auction sites questions.

sonyaandnoah:
I have finally started appling this tip. :)
I have two small boys and now have a huge gift bag 1/2 full of items that they want.  They will be for Christmas.  I also started buying birthday gifts for my oldest boys best friend, his birthday is soon.  It is a great relief to know that some of these last minute burdens are already taken care of.

Thanks.
Sonya

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